In Ontario, however, taxpayers are now on the hook for two separate registries—all because the federal Liberals would not admit that a province, especially one run by a Conservative, had developed a superior system.
Three years later, the result has been a long list of technical glitches and bad feelings.
At the very least, the registry is a starting point for detectives with no other leads.
According to the latest statistics, 16,295 names appear on the system. ONTARIO Registered sex offenders: 8,229 Non-compliant offenders: 317 (4%) Any discussion about the national sex offender registry must begin in Ontario, the home of Canada’s first-ever registry.
Of those, 1,270 (eight per cent) are considered non-compliant in some way. Launched in 2001, the provincial database is an impressive piece of technology.
Ottawa, he said, is going to build its own registry. Each of the 13 regions houses a central registry office run by the RCMP, except in Ontario (the OPP is in charge) and Quebec (Sûreté du Québec).
“Ontario pushed them into it,” says Terry Nicholls, a retired OPP staff sergeant who ran the provincial registry. So out of the blue, the feds announced they would build their own. It is up to those offices to ensure the compliance of local sex offenders.
In October, when registry officials from every province and territory met for an annual meeting, nobody from Ontario showed up.
Of all the problems with the national registry, nothing bothers Ontario more than the discretionary inclusion rule.(Click here for a timeline of the registry and its embarrassing state.) Canada’s national sex offender registry was created for one reason: to help police locate potential suspects.If a child goes missing, investigators can search the database for known pedophiles who live in the surrounding postal codes.Every convicted sex offender in Ontario is automatically added to the system, and investigators across the province can log on and see exactly how many people in their region are following the rules.Unlike the national version, which can’t track compliance, if an Ontario offender fails to check in on time, the system will issue an automatic red flag.For one thing, it was not designed to be retroactive.